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Geology Department currently monitors undersea eruption

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 02/02/2017

Geology Department is closely monitoring a discovery of a huge undersea eruption about 30 kilometres of Ha’atafu and Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai.

Government’s Geologist – Taniela Kula said, they got a report from New Zealand that satellite images showed the evolution of island ash and large rock fragments created by a large eruption.

He said there’s an active volcanic island on the seabed and they are using scientific cameras to monitor the activeness of this eruption.

The plume was captured by the open source.

Minor damage is expected to occur from this undersea eruption.

According to History, plumes and smoke from this area erupted from the sea bed and no major impacts were recorded like the incident in Hunga in 2014.

This is the forth eruption recorded from the same area.

The plume appeared to have originated from a site that last erupted between December 1998 and 1999 which previously erupted in 1911.

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